JUDITH1654's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUDITH1654 JUDITH1654's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ December 19 - Merry Christmas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835418 People say things don't last but my stove top of 37 1/2 years finally bit the dust! LOL Actually, it was just the front burner, which can easily be replaced. The large back burner hasn't worked in over ten years but we didn't really use it much anyway. Odd how the one seldom used quit working YEARS before the one that was used almost daily. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is my grandson's (and a niece's) birthday. Conner turned 5 years old today! Hard to believe so much time has already passed... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:51:28 EST December 9 - Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830498 Work called me today to tell me they were cancelling my hours for Thursday. That's fine. As long as I can maintain my 32 hours average to qualify for insurance next spring, that's all I care about. I can always add some vacation hours if need be. <BR> <BR> Besides, with my daughter and grandson coming into town next week, I have plenty to do before they arrive. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:35:16 EST December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826153 I survived Black Friday, but as a neighbor of mine is fond of saying, "my tired is hanging out". It's going to take a few days to completely get caught up on sleep/rest. Working twelve to thirteen hours straight is hard on an old lady! LOL <em>40</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 01:21:36 EST November 21 - Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820589 Just realized I haven't blogged in over a month - not that much going....which is nice for a change. <em>334</em> So thought I would just drop a "hello" and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. (Think of me when I am working on Black Friday!!) <em>40</em> I work from 5:45 pm on Thanksgiving afternoon to 6 am the next morning. But it's better than doing a split-shift and being there till close on Friday night! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:59 EST HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808068 Hoping everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!!! <em>275</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:39:21 EST October 2 - A Nice Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791343 Received fresh cut flowers - 18 long-stemmed roses (multi-colors) from my sister for no reason! She had a credit with the company and decided to use it to send me flowers, especially since she knew I had been under the weather for the past three weeks. <BR> <BR> I was totally blown away and called her immediately to thank her. Knowing my schedule, she knew when I would be home to receive them so they wouldn't stay outside for long. It also came with a beautiful square vase. Really beau... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:35:04 EST September 22 - Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785021 This time of year is really bad - ragweed - and can't wait till we get a freeze so I can breath normally again. I've coughed and hacked so much that my voice is almost gone. <em>24</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:04:43 EST September 6 - Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774235 Does anyone else arrange their spark friends in alphabetical order on their spark page....or am I the only weirdo? <em>334</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:26:34 EST August 30 - Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770167 Had to have root canal Thursday on my day off. Thursday night, a filling fell out when I was flossing...just in time for the dentist's office to be closed for the next three days! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I go back Tuesday for the root canal to be finished but in the meantime, I am popping Advil to keep the majority of the pain away, though it never goes away completely. The prescription Ibuprofen wasn't doing much, so thought I'd try the Advil, which has always worked in the past. A... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:26:45 EST August 6 - Update on Youngevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754293 It's only been about a week but so far, my glucose readings are not only staying low but continue to drop. The Sweeteze that I have been taking (part of Youngevity) seems to be working, but of course, I will get a doctor's confirmation next month before changing any of my meds. Removing ALL wheat and oats plus any oils from my diet has been extremely beneficial as they interfere with the Youngevity working 100%. We were NOT meant to eat wheat and oats as they actually remove necessary nutr... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:47:27 EST July 30 - Youngevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750050 So I've been on this Youngevity for about three weeks now and it has been amazing! It's helping to balance out my diabetes to where I don't get the sweats and the shakes mid-morning anymore, feeling is coming back to my leg and fingers, I'm sleeping better than ever AND I can actually do squats now! <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Additionally, my feet aren't anywhere near so dry and cracked as the EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) have replaced all the nutrients we no longer get in our food due to t... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:09:28 EST July 13 - Bunco win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738091 Have you seen the infomercial that advertises the "apple" cutter that's big enough to cut a watermelon? Well, that's what I won at Bunco. LOL <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> But where to keep it???? <em>40</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:07:06 EST July 10 - Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736063 ....that's something I'm trying to work on as far as exercising goes. Last night, after work and feeding the cats, I mowed the front, as tired as I was, but was glad I did. With three days off, I wanted to have the mowing behind me to focus on other projects. And as much as I hate going to the rec center, I made myself work out first thing this morning after running a couple of errands. As always, glad I did. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I have the dietician class in early evening so hope to get... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:48:53 EST July 9 - Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735550 I have the next three days off and looking forward to it! Though it will be busy - doctor, car repair, dietician classes, garage to clean, papers to organize, kitchen to paint, etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Getting ready to mow the yard tonight so I can enjoy the next three days and tend to things that always seem to get put on the back burner. <em>40</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:09:08 EST July 8 - Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734842 The indicator light has come on again so I will have to take the car back in next week to be serviced. (sigh) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:45:05 EST July 3 - Good News Re: car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731315 It's rare, but sometimes, you actually get good news regarding car repair. <BR> <BR> My "check engine light" (it's actually called 'malfunction indicator light'), was staying on the last couple of days. My thoughts was "great - another expense I can't afford". But I took it to my reliable car mechanic who's always been very trustworthy and within an hour, they were picking me up to get my car! Apparently, there was just some "vapors" affecting the EPA (ugh) issues so they took care of... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:35:00 EST June 28 - Red cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727931 FINALLY got two red cards today. For those who don't know what that is, it is a debit and/or credit card from Target, and while the cashiers don't really get anything for it, the number of red cards we sign up does reflect on our annual review. The two red cards I got today were the first ones since the 16th - so almost two weeks without getting a red card - doesn't help my average. <BR> <BR> Oh, well! <em>40</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:15:22 EST June 25 - Always ask questions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725571 In making arrangements to get my property taxes caught up, I had inserted a couple of questions with the contract, asking why the monthly payment was almost $800 more than what I owe. They called me this morning and adjusted the amount, which will save me $50 a month - that's almost my water bill. <BR> <BR> I feel really good about the result and am so glad I didn't just accept their payment plan without question. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Never be afraid to question!!! Companies are run... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:22:20 EST June 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722439 Got called into work - upper management was freaking out because some big-wigs were showing up. So they called just about everyone to come in on their day off. In fact, they were freaking out so much, they were willing to pay overtime - unheard of!!! <BR> <BR> The annoying part was the supervisor who is a control freak was on duty and she lost no opportunities to dig into anyone to exert her power over everyone. It was so disgusting and sad at the same time. The "little dictator" has t... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:48:04 EST June 18 - Sami http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720987 My son took Sami (the three-legged Pomeranian) to the Humane Society this afternoon and had her put down. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let him bring her home to bury alongside our other pets. Oh, well. At least she is now out of her misery. I was up since 4 am trying to help her, feeling frustrated because I knew she was in pain. It was hard but thankfully, my son took care of it for me cause he knows it is a hard thing for me to do. <BR> <BR> She was about twelve years old when we too... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:36:47 EST June 17 - Pomeranian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720183 The 12 year old Pomeranian we adopted from a neighbor about three years ago is on her last legs. She can barely get up and does nothing but let out a howl or a scream all night long. It kills me that I don't have the ability to take her to the vet and just have her put down. <BR> <BR> She's such a cutie! Never yipped like so many small dogs. I almost wish she would go soon so she is no longer in misery. Still, I cry about it. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:52:38 EST June 13 - Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717485 Am working the next six days straight! I'll be tired but appreciate the hours. The only problem is although I'll have two days in a row off (INCLUDING a Saturday!!!, which is rare), I'll probably sleep most of the first day instead of getting any work done. And I REALLY need to get the rest of my kitchen painted. <BR> <BR> Also, I spoke with my supervisor about getting a REGULAR schedule so I can get into an exercise routine and she agreed. But the system wouldn't let me in to change my ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:12:13 EST June 10 - New doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716034 FINALLY got in to see the new doctor and he's prescribed an alternative medication to the one that was making me so deathly ill. However, I also learned that the other two medicines he wants me to continue WILL make me nauseous, so guess there's no escaping that. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:35:44 EST June 9 - Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714434 We had some winds last night. Nothing major - we've certainly had worse. So imagine my surprise when I walked outside on my way to work and saw about 1/4 of my neighbor's tree on top of my son's car! An entire limb, no less. <BR> <BR> Been warning about that tree for years now, saying one day, it was going to fall on my son's car. It's one of those shallow-rooted maple-type trees, which I hate. What gets me, is the neighbor has her grandsons over frequently to trim the trees in back but... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:07:12 EST June 6 - Maybe some results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712272 I spent a LOT of time on the phone today - probably around four or five hours- trying to get a handle on the diabetes diet. I found a dietician at a nearby hospital that is conducting a quarterly class but she was very sweet and spent about fifteen minutes asking and answering questions as well as giving me some tips on what may be going wrong. Initially, she thinks that now that I've upped my exercise routine (which she fully approved of due to the variance), that I am possibly not eating ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:48:36 EST June 5 - Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711418 Was sick as a dog last night - thought I'd actually have to go to the ER it was so bad. This diabetes is really doing a number on me, even though I am keeping (for the most part) my carbs in line. In my case, when my glucose is out of whack, I get nauseous rather than the shakes. <BR> <BR> Hated to call in today and miss out on an eight-hour shift, especially since work has made a big deal about my calling in, even though I've only called in three times this year. I WOULD have seen the do... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:24:18 EST May 31 - Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707710 The meds the doctor gave me just made me feel really bad so I quit taking them a few days ago and haven't had any shakes or nausea since. It will be the 10th before I can get in to see the new doctor but that can't be helped. Sat, 31 May 2014 21:55:37 EST May 29 - Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706078 I made myself do it...as much as I hate exercising...I made myself go to the rec center and exercise: 35 minutes on the treadmill and another ten on resistance machines, mostly for my legs. My hands are still not back to full strength yet. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:34:17 EST May 26 - Happy Memorial Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703465 Isn't it sad that the majority of people don't seem to even know what this holiday is about??? <em>652</em> I saw one youtube type of interview where the people thought it had something to do with surfers that had died. Tragic. <BR> <BR> On a good note, work called me this morning and since they are over on payroll, asked me if I wanted to take the day off! Now let me think.... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So I will use the day to tackle some of those nagging "little" chores that I hav... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:08:12 EST May 25 - Just in time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703090 Got home from work about 6:30 and was tired but made myself mow the yard before the rain hit...which it's supposed to do all week. I no sooner put the mower in the garage and finished my shower than here came the rain! Talk about just in the nick of time!! Sun, 25 May 2014 21:59:16 EST May 23 - Computers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701322 ...aren't they great? Our company now has a computer which generates the schedules and so one would think that it would be "perfect"...right? Not so!!! <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I entered a day off for my dental appointment and thought I was being quite clever by including my doctor's appointment on the same day. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, the computer has me scheduled to work that day so now I have to call both and reschedule!! <em>28</em> It wouldn't be so bad if my dentist was even op... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:54:32 EST May 20 - Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699582 I've gone from taking two pills a day to about five. The doctor gave me three prescriptions for high blood pressure, anti-inflammatory and some other diabetic medicine because my sugar count is so high. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, my son is pouring Tangy Tangerine, Selenium and EFAs down my throat and to be honest, they have helped more in two days than weeks of the prescribed medicine. It will be I interesting to see the results in three months. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:45:36 EST May 17 - Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697090 Now that my hand is better, my knee has gone out. Happened yesterday. I walked into work expecting to work but they wouldn't let me with the cane in my hand. I just can't put any pressure on the left leg, which is the one that was giving me trouble last summer and was getting better while I was doing my therapy but then when I got hit with the diabetes, I wasn't able to continue for awhile because it made me nauseous to get on the floor, not knowing what was wrong with me at the time. <BR>... Sat, 17 May 2014 14:25:11 EST May 13 - hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694555 I've done something to my right hand - I have no idea what - but I can't even lift a mug without pain. I don't know if I'll be able to go to work tomorrow or the next day and I really can't afford to miss the work. Wed, 14 May 2014 00:13:15 EST May 9 - Synopsis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691616 The last two days were not a good days at work. The one supervisor who has a Napoleon complex made a complaint about me that was totally unjustified. She is always push, push, pushing about red cards, which is fine - that is her job. However, it is the way she goes about it that is unnerving to all the cashiers. She talks to us in front of our customers and I've had more than one complaint about it. She has no problem talking to us about getting the red cards in front of customers but wh... Fri, 9 May 2014 23:05:42 EST May 6 - Glucose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689322 doesn't seem to matter what I do, I can't seem to get my glucose reading down. I've tried eliminating certain foods to see if that is the culprit but so far, no results. So I'm going to try and see if I just need to keep the carb allowance down. Each person is different and it may be that the 150 that the doctor allotted me doesn't work for me. So that is what I'm going to try this next week and see how it goes. Tue, 6 May 2014 22:29:35 EST May 3 - Back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686788 Ended my first week back at work. I did okay till the sixth and seventh hour but that was mostly my feet rather than my hands. I worked on my day off (till midnight) simply because I needed more hours for the week. Beginning week after next, I am back to my usual 30 plus hours, which will be nice. Sat, 3 May 2014 23:09:53 EST April 29 - Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683015 I returned to work Sunday and luckily, I only worked about five hours each day for the last two days...which it turns out, is about all my hands could handle. The supervisor that does the scheduling is only giving me between four and five hours a day for a little while so my hands won't be overworked at first. Good thing because by the fifth hour yesterday, not only were my hands beginning to hurt but I was just plain tired. Kind of got used to being able to take a nap whenever I wanted. ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:40:41 EST April 23 - Returned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678626 So got back home safely and had a GREAT time with my daughter and grandson. The return flight had a heady tail wind and we arrived about thirty minutes earlier than scheduled HOWEVER, it did no good as we had to sit on the tarmac for about fifteen minutes while waiting for other planes to take off THEN someone failed to contact the ground crew to let them know of our early arrival, so we sat ANOTHER fifteen minutes in a hot plane waiting for the ramp to be pulled up to the plane., <em>234... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:14 EST April 20 - HAPPY EASTER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676563 Am visiting with my daughter and grandson. It' hard to type on this laptop so will keep it short. <BR> <BR> HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:53:37 EST April 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666881 Last Thursday, we had a thunderstorm - not much by Texas standards - but it was enough for lightening to hit a transformer and knock out the entire block. Luckily, the electricity was back on in only four hours. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, yesterday morning we experienced the same thing during an even weaker thunderstorm but it was discovered there was a fault with the transformer and it was a little over fifteen hours before we had electricity - from 4:15 am to almost 9 pm. So, I wasn't able to... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:01:24 EST April 1 - Fool's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661970 I've always hated this day but it's origins are interesting : <BR> <BR> <link>news.nationalgeographic.com/news/200<BR>8/03/080328-april-fools/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Actually made it to the rec center today and ran several errands afterward. My painting of the kitchen is about half way done. It's going slowly due to the limitations of my hands but I can definitely tell they are getting better. I feel pretty certain I will be able to go back to work at the end of the month. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:48:23 EST March 22 - Another Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654272 Saw the doctor yesterday (seems like it was several days ago instead) and he's given me another full month off. Yesterday marked one month when the entire dog fight situation happened and I'm slated to return to work on April 21 - though I'll be on vacation at that time anyway. <BR> <BR> The doctor says the diabetes is keeping me from healing quicker but the problem is also that at the end of this month, my benefits with Target run out and I have to go on the "affordable" government benef... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:22:41 EST March 15 - Bunco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648716 Had my Bunco last night and my son's girlfriend went with me. She enjoyed it and it was a lot of fun! Only thing - I couldn't figure out why my legs were so sore! LOL I had forgotten that the day before I walked the dogs....something I haven't done in a long time. If that doesn't tell you how out of shape and how much I am out of habit of exercising, nothing will. <em>198</em> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:52:45 EST March 10 - Rats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644836 Ackkk! Saw a rat in my garage last night! <em>234</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:30:57 EST March 9 - Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644094 I can tell my hands are healing - they're starting to itch!!! <em>40</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:57:30 EST March 7 - Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642548 My hands are healing nicely and a couple of scabs have even fallen off. Fingers and hands are still sore and stiff but it will just take time. <BR> <BR> Still not sure if I will be able to go back to work St. Patrick's Day, especially since my age and diabetes are against me, but will just have to wait and see. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all for your prayers. I'm a definite believer in the power of prayer. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:58:24 EST March 3 - Doctor's report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638924 Had my follow-up with the doctor. The doctor said I was doing everything right - he even liked the fact that I type a little bit as it exercises the hands - and that my hands and arms are healing nicely but he is giving me another two week's leave to ensure I am completely healed. Since dog bites aren't sutured, the wounds have to remain open and handling people's food like that wouldn't be allowed. Besides, I still haven't recovered full strength in both hands and the slightest touch to m... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:04:00 EST March not starting out so well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637172 Got a call from my son as he was on his way to work. He'd stopped at QT to get a Monster and discovered a flat tire. So I had to take him to work, then spend a couple hours on the phone trying to find someone who could either tow his car or put on a new tire. <BR> <BR> I started looking at AAA when I suddenly remembered I added roadside emergency coverage. Sure enough, it covered that and they were sending a tow truck. Problem is, this is one of the few times having a cell phone would ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:55:10 EST Feb. 28 - Received a blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636274 A blessing came to me in the mail from one of my spark friends - totally unexpected but hugely appreciated. For privacy's sake, I am withholding the name of the person but wanted to recognize the unselfish and generous spirit of this spark friend. <em>220</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:07:49 EST